PETERSBURG, Va. — Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between nine and 15 named storms, including tropical storms, are predicted to form in the Atlantic this year.
Being prepared for severe weather before it arrives can keep you and your family safe and healthy. Knowing where to turn for help and information afterwards can play an important role in mitigating further damage and health risks.
For more than a century, Virginia Cooperative Extension has helped Virginians manage the devastation bad weather can cause. The program, managed jointly by Virginia State University and Virginia Tech, provides online resources ranging from food safety issues during power outages to how to protect livestock and crops, as well as Extension agents who cover every corner of the state to offer additional information when needed.
“One of the chief goals of Virginia’s Cooperative Extension program is to empower farmers, ranchers and communities of all sizes to adequately respond to emergencies,” said Dr. M. Ray McKinnie, VSU College of Agriculture dean and 1890s Extension Program administrator. “In partnerships with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Extension offers valuable research-based information to communities preparing and recovering from disasters, whether the need is flood clean-up or financial stability.”
Last October Hurricane Michael’s strong winds and high water killed six people, knocked out power to thousands across the state, closed hundreds of roads, and flooded many homes. To protect yourself and your family, pets and livestock from the next severe weather event, take time now to review or create an emergency plan. Visit www.ext.vsu.edu/severe-weather to get started.
To keep on top of other ways Virginia Cooperative Extension can help you, your family or your business, follow them on Facebook (VsuCollegeOfAgriculture) or Twitter (VSU_AG) or subscribe to their weekly eNewsletter or email updates at https://bit.ly/2UekOW3 (or from the ext.vsu.edu homepage).
In the event of severe weather predictions, always stay tuned to your radio or television. Meteorologists are trained professionals equipped to analyze natural indicators of weather conditions that may be threatening and to advise when to seek safety when necessary.
— Virginia Cooperative Extension